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Uganda Calls for EU Help to Counter Rebels

Uganda’s president has requested European Union help in containing an offensive by Rwandan-backed rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The conflict threatens to pitch the country back into full-scale war and lead to direct confrontation between Uganda and Rwanda. President Yoweri Museveni urged EU ambassadors at a meeting in Kampala to request an expansion of the emergency French-led peacekeeping force, which began deployment in Congo earlier this month. The now 700-strong European Union force has a limited United Nations Security Council mandate to secure the airport and halt mass killings in the north-eastern town of Bunia. In recent months the neighbouring countries, once allies in the five-year war for control of the Congo government, have again come close to direct confrontation as they exchanged accusations of backing rebel movements aimed at overthrowing their respective governments. Full Story

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